This training is designed for CEOs, senior managers and leaders of private enterprises or other entities intent on building a Private Security Force (PSF), for the protection of lives and property against violent threats.

It provides a sound basis in concepts, infrastructure, planning and leadership for a PSF of well-trained operators and team leaders who have completed DSI’s multi-tier operator training (Tiers 4, 3, and 2). The training prepares participants to meet the planning, organizing, problem-solving, decision-making and leadership challenges inherent in standing up a Private Security Force.  The training addresses coordination with local officials, cooperating agencies and organizations, and opinion makers; creation and validation of emergency response plans; and the details of recruiting, organizing, and leading a force or unit comprising multiple teams, individuals, and specialties from within your own organization or community.  This is "community organizing" on a whole new level – building a sound basis for safety and security in an environment characterized by delayed, inadequate, or non-existent support from civil authorities as a result of natural disaster, civil unrest, or just the gradual decay of the social order.

A Tier 1 program may include participants from a variety of enterprises or organizations, or can be restricted to the leadership cadre of a single entity for leveraged team-building value.  

Completion of the Tier 1 program will provide leaders with the tools needed to organize their enterprise, their neighborhood, or their community to ensure its own safety and security. Just as traditional U.S. Army Special Forces training prepares the soldier to train, lead, and advise foreign populations in various aspects of defense and security, the Tier 1 graduate will be able to work within a typically diverse American work force or community to help it avert the chaos, disunity, and uncertainty that may result from degradation or collapse of the normal social order. Tier 1 training is conducted in a classroom or seminar setting through discussion and participatory exercises including tabletop decision-making exercises that present and rehearse time-honored concepts of collective training, planning, and leadership adapted to the emerging threats confronting American communities. Areas covered include:

  • Area Study, Site Survey, and Intelligence Gathering
  • Threat Assessment and Risk Management
  • Sustainable Security
  • Recruiting, Training, and Organizing a Private Security Force
  • Response Plans
  • Contingency Plans
  • Command and Control in Normal and Off-Normal Conditions
  • Crisis Decision Making and Problem-Solving Models
  • Communications
  • Tactical Medicine – Immediate Lifesaving Medical Care
  • Tactical Decision Games and Tabletop Exercises for Training and Validation

Program Information

COST: $3,495

DATES: See Schedule

TIME: 5 Days

LOCATION: Various locations throughout the US.

COURSE DOCUMENTS: Schedule, handouts, and pre-course materials will be provided.

REGISTRATION FORM: Please fill out and email back.


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Registration and Payment Process: Please follow these steps to register and pay for your program. If you have any questions please call 1.877.452.0951.

1. Download and fill out the registration/application form and email it back to us. Upon acceptance of your application you are then placed on the program roster and a detailed estimate of the provisioning package is emailed to you.

2. An invoice for the program fee will be sent to you which also must be paid 30 days prior to the program date.

Cancellation/Refund Policy. No refunds are available for the provisioning package. If an emergency prevents you from attending the program then your program fee will be applied towards a future program date.

Training Commanders

Well-trained operators and tactical leaders are necessary components of any security strategy, but they are not enough. Historians speak of the German “genius” for war, evident from the mid-19th century until the mid-20th, but despite their consistently top-notch tactical prowess, Germany’s last victorious war began and ended in 1870. Without well-educated, rational, prepared leaders in the top echelon, tactical prowess is no guarantee of success.

Generals do not, generally, carry a rifle; and if they need one, it’s a sign of impending disaster.

This applies with equal force in the world of distributed security. DSI encourages local enterprises and institutions to take responsibility for their own security, rather than depending on the increasingly untimely and uncertain response of police agencies who have no statutory responsibility to provide direct protection to anyone – or on contracted and usually underpaid security guards who provide what we call “security theater” by a visible, uniformed presence that usually evaporates rapidly when serious violent threats appear.

Training volunteers from within your organization to SWAT-level competency as operators and small team leaders is what DSI does in its Tier 4, 3, and 2 programs. But if your enterprise, institution, or community does not have the infrastructure of higher echelon leadership, prior planning, coordination with outside entities, recruiting and provisioning, ongoing training, validation exercises, the right balance between policy, procedure and initiative, and solid decision making in a crisis, then the best individual and small team operators may, like the storied Germans, win a fight but lose the war. 

Tier 1 training for organization leadership gives you the tools to provides that infrastructure.